Easter basket gifts for kids

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Forget chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. If you are tired of the same old stuff, why not fill this year's Easter baskets with fun, spring-themed toys and books?

"The Easter Bunny has many favorites other than sweets and treats," said Laurie Schacht, who lives in Woodmere and is co-publisher of "The Toy Insider," a consumer guide for parents. "A little sugar is OK, but fill the baskets with toys and books that keep kids engaged. Mix it up with their favorite characters, toys that teach and classic creative play items."

Take a look at our fun suggestions for the Easter basket this year.

Buntoppers

Add the collectible line of hair pin accessories
(Credit: Buntoppers)

Add the collectible line of hair pin accessories to a buns, braids, ponytails and more. Each Buntopper characters has her own distinct features, for example, Alex the Rockstar, Ellie the Cook, Lily the Soccer Player, Reece the Bookworm, Violet the Ballet Dancer and more; $9 each at buntoppers.com.

Shopkins Beans

Shopkins Beans are a great size for Easter
(Credit: Just Play)

Shopkins Beans are a great size for Easter baskets and small enough to take on the go. Available in multiple characters from the toy line, including Kookie Cookie, Strawberry Kiss and more; $5.99 at major retail stores.

Barbie Dreamtopia Bubbletastic Fairy Doll

Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the
(Credit: Mattel)

Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the bubble solution into the butterfly-shaped tray and dip the doll's wings into the solution. Simply pull the yellow bow on her belt and the wings will spin to make bubbles; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.

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